My story examines such issues as child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse and recovery. This story spans a forty year period including examining the toxic relationship between an alcoholic Mother and her young daughter. This is also a story of redemption, on the road to recovery. and a candid look at childhood trauma and its correlation with later domestic violence. Herein, this story attempts to unlock the mysterious and often illusive mind of a batterer. and his relationship with his children.
The emotional life of the alcoholic and its secrets is also examined. The impact of substance abuse on children and later, as adults presenting with stress disorders. The importance of a spiritual life in the treatment of substance abuse is considered. The twelve step model of recovery is explored. Therapeutic
intervention in the treatment of dual diagnosis, stress disorders and substance abuse is examined.
The cycle of violence in the case of domestic violence is presented. The Role of Child Protective Service in cases of domestic violence is introduced, as is there role in issues of child sexual abuse. Further, a personal look at the exploitation of children by the batterer in cases of child custody.